A Week In Business

New Controller Named
SNOW HILL — Jessica Ramsay has been named the new enterprise fund controller within the Worcester County Treasurer’s Office.
Ramsay is a certified public accountant (CPA) with over six years of public accounting experience providing audit and tax services to various industries. She earned a dual Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Financial Planning from Salisbury University in 2006. She earned her CPA in 2008. During college she interned and after graduation was hired as an accountant with Ernst & Young, LLP of Baltimore where she worked through 2007. She then joined E. Cohen and Company CPAs in Rockville, where she served as a senior accountant and supervisor through mid 2013. She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Maryland Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).
In her role with Worcester County Government, Ramsay will help develop policies and operating procedures, including the oversight, organization and direction of county enterprise funds, which include the Solid Waste and Water and Wastewater Divisions of Public Works and the Department of Liquor Control.

Chamber Promotion
SALISBURY — At their August 2013 meeting, members of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce have voted unanimously to promote Executive Director Ernie Colburn to the newly created position of chief executive officer.
The promotion comes at the end of a year-long strategic planning process that maps the course of the Four-Star Accredited Chamber for the next five years.
“It is with great pride and pleasure, that we have asked Ernie Colburn to become our first ever Chief Executive Officer (CEO),” said President Bradley Gillis. “Ernie has the leadership skills and management experience needed to guide us as we embark on our journey to becoming the only Five-Star Accredited Chamber in the State of Maryland. He will help us become the indispensable business resource to our members by truly leading the Chamber, not just running the day-to-day operations.”
“With Ernie at the helm, the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce will excel at its dual mission of serving our members and enhancing the quality of life in our community,” said President-Elect Memo Diriker, one of the authors of the new strategic plan.
Colburn said, “I’m both humbled and inspired to be the first CEO of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce. I look forward to continuing to serve our area to the highest degree of professionalism and greatly appreciate the support of our Chamber membership and our community.”

New Coordinator Announced
OCEAN CITY — Mary Henderson has been welcomed as the office coordinator for the Women Supporting Women Worcester chapter.
Starting out as a volunteer, Henderson’s natural flair for fund raising and her dedication was an excellent fit to join the Women Supporting Women team. She stepped right in to the full-time position.
Henderson has managed events such as the successful first annual High Heel Race in Berlin on June 14. She also helped manage the Motorcycle Poker Run in Salisbury on July 13. She is currently working on the October Puttin’ on the Pink Event at Deer Run Golf Club.
She will be following the Women Supporting Women mission statement to provide awareness, education and support to all those who are affected by breast cancer.

Top Agents Named
OCEAN CITY — The August sales meeting for the Mark Fritschle Group – Condominium Realty was held at The Gateway Grand. At the meeting, John Gehrig and Craig Lynch from the D3Corp introduced the new agent websites to the company agents.
Also announced were the company’s sales, settlement and listing leaders for July 2013.
Top Listing Agents By Unit were, in order, Sheri Smith, Wayne Phillips and Kevin Decker
Top Listing Agents By Volume were, in order, Sheri Smith, Nick Bobenko and Wayne Phillips.
Top Selling Agents By Units were, in order, Sheri Smith, Wayne Phillips and Nick Bobenko,
Top Settled Agents By Units were, in order, Wayne Phillips, John Barker and Kevin Decker
Top Settled Agents By Volume were, in order, Jon Barker, Wayne Phillips and Grant Fritschle.

Property Acquisition
SALISBURY – John McClellan, CCIM and Brent Miller, CCIM, CPM with Sperry Van Ness – Miller Commercial Real Estate in Salisbury have announce that locally-based Dove Pointe has purchased a new location at 1315 Mt. Hermon Road in Salisbury.
The location includes a 15,000-square-foot structure situated on a 2.08-acre parcel that has been home to Long & Foster since 2002. Miller represented Dove Pointe and McClellan represented the seller, Long & Foster.
Dove Pointe has been expanding their core services in the Mt. Hermon Road area since first acquiring the former Service Merchandise building in 1997. Since 1968, Dove Pointe has provided services to persons with disabilities. Their Vocational Services focuses on teaching specific work skills necessary to become a successful employee. Through success on the job they foster integration rather than isolation, focusing on independence rather than dependence for those with disabilities.
“We have been seeking additional space to better serve our clients and their families. The opportunity to acquire a free standing building so close to our existing operations allows us to expand and meet those needs, enabling us to better serve the community. We greatly appreciated the level of assistance and professionalism Brent Miller and John McClellan brought to the transaction, going above and beyond to ensure our acquisition of this property,” said Executive Director Donald B. Hackett.
The project was financed under the direction of Linda Mundt and the Business Banking Team at M&T Bank in Salisbury.

Brokerage License Obtained
OCEAN CITY — Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty (OASIR) has obtained its brokerage license for the State of Maryland.
“We are excited to now offer real estate services to both buyers and sellers in Maryland,” said Justin Healy, OASIR’s broker. “Beginning immediately, we are able to list and sell properties throughout the state.” Healy noted prospective real estate clients in nearby Maryland cities and towns have contacted the brokerage often for real estate assistance and decided it was time to obtain the proper licensing in order to service this market.
“We have had quite a few calls over the years from Maryland clients who are interested in listing their homes under the Sotheby’s umbrella due to the regional, national, and international exposure and advertising reach,” said Healy. “Four of our Realtors, Liz Barnhart, Anne Powell, Jen Hughes and Kim Stockson, are currently licensed in Maryland and are now available to take listings and show homes. The focus of our Maryland business will be on unique, luxury, and waterfront properties.”
Marketing Director Kathleen Schell added, “With the market heading in a very positive direction, our concentration continues to be on building a strong and professional team of real estate experts. We feel that obtaining our Maryland brokerage license will be a benefit to many of our clients that own homes in both states and offer our Realtors the opportunity to have dual licenses with one brokerage.”

New Position Created
PRINCESS ANNE – UMES President Juliette B. Bell announced Kimberly Conway Dumpson will move from vice president for institutional advancement into the president’s office, where she will assume the newly created position of executive vice president.
Dumpson will continue to advance the university through a lead role in developing and executing the university’s major strategic initiatives. Working closely with the president, provost and other senior colleagues, she also will oversee government relations and the Office of Marketing and Communications, which includes Public Relations.
This executive position “is being created to provide strategic support to the president on internal and external matters of importance to the University,” said Bell. “I am extremely pleased that Kimberly has agreed to take on this critical role.”